Stuff a Stocking

Stuff-a-Stocking for Seniors makes return with help from Caesars Windsor

 

 

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After returning from a brief trip out east last December, Carol, 80, came home to find a bright red Christmas stocking filled with gifts at her front door.

This year, thanks to a donation of $1,500 from Caesars Windsor as well as continued support from Amherstburg and LaSalle residents, Carol will be one of over 300 seniors to receive a gift from the Stuff-a-Stocking for Seniors program.

The Stuff-a-Stocking for Seniors program, which is organized by Amherstburg Community Services (ACS), collects small gifts from the community and puts them into Christmas stockings that are then delivered to seniors in Amherstburg and LaSalle. According to ACS executive director, Kathy DiBartolomeo, the aim of this program is to reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation faced by seniors.

Amherstburg Community Services is currently accepting donations to help “Stuff-A-Stocking for Seniors” this holiday season. The River Town Times staff stuffed stockings and mugs last week to bring to ACS for the event. Donations will be accepted until Nov. 29 at their 179 Victoria St. location between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Fridays. They are looking for toiletries, winter wear, homemade cards, stockings and monetary donations.

“Senior loneliness and isolation is a serious problem that can be highlighted during the holidays,” DiBartolomeo said.

DiBartolomeo continued by saying that the contribution from Caesars Windsor, which will also be sending staff to help pack and sort the stockings, makes a huge difference.

“I cannot tell you just how much we appreciate their contribution – this will allow us to help more seniors than ever before,” she said.

After her experience last year, Carol says that the impact of this program is certainly felt by individuals like her.

“It actually made me cry because I had lost my husband only months before that, so the holidays were a difficult time for me,” Carol explained. “It was truly wonderful to open that up and see all the love that was packed inside. I’ll never forget it, and I made sure that every item in that stocking went to good use.”

ACS will be collecting donations for the program until Nov. 29. Small gifts such as gloves, socks, scarves, toiletries, small treats and candies, Christmas stockings, and homemade holiday cards, as well as monetary donations are needed and can be dropped off at ACS’ office at 179 Victoria St S in Amherstburg.

Drop-off boxes will also be set up at the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle and the Libro Credit Union Centre in Amherstburg. Seniors can be signed up by themselves or by others by calling ACS at 519-736-5471.

Stuff-a-Stocking for Seniors Kicks off in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Harrow and McGregor

 

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It’s the season of giving, and a local organization has kicked off their annual campaign to give to local seniors.

Amherstburg Community Services has officially started collecting donations for its Stuff-a-Stocking for Seniors program – an annual campaign aimed at providing holiday gifts to isolated seniors living in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Harrow and McGregor.

Last year, the program was able to provide holiday gifts to 250 seniors.  Kathy DiBartolomeo, ACS executive director, says the organization hopes to be able raise that number to 300 seniors this year.

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“Every year, we’re told how much this means to the seniors who receive these gifts,” said DiBartolomeo.  “It’s remarkable seeing the community come together to show these people that they care, and the truth is, the generosity we see from local residents is what allows us to continue to grow this program.”

The Stuff-a-Stocking for Seniors program collects donations of gifts, hygienic essentials, winter clothing such as socks and gloves, treats, home-made cards and monetary donations.  Volunteers then sort these gifts and place them into Christmas stockings, which are then distributed to registered seniors.

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 9 and can be dropped off to ACS at 179 Victoria St. S. in Amherstburg.  Distribution will begin on Dec. 12.

People are encouraged to contact ACS by calling 519-736-5471 if they know a senior who they think would appreciate receiving a stocking.